Bridging the gap between tertiary education and work : situated learning in accountancy

Stanley, Trevor A. (2013) Bridging the gap between tertiary education and work : situated learning in accountancy. Issues in Accounting Education, 28(4), pp. 779-799.

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In professions such as teaching, health sciences (medicine, nursing), and built environment, significant work-based learning through practica is an essential element before graduation. However, there is no such requirement in professional accounting education. This paper reports the findings of an exploratory qualitative case study of the implementation of a Workplace Learning Experience Program in Accountancy at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia. The interview-based study documents the responses of university students and graduates to this program. The study demonstrates that a 100 hour work placement in Accountancy can enhance student learning. It highlights the potential value of the application of sociocultural theories of learning, especially the concept of situated learning involving legitimate peripheral participation (Lave and Wenger 1991). This research adds to a small body of empirical accounting education literature relating to the benefits of work placements prior to graduation. The effectiveness of this short, for credit, unpaid program should encourage other universities to implement a similar work placement program as a form of pre-graduation learning in professional accounting education.

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ID Code: 64431
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: professional accounting education, initial professional education, work placements, internships, situated learning, qualitative research, HERN
DOI: 10.2308/iace-50527
ISSN: 1558-7983
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2013 23:12
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2014 03:27

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